President Trump has threatened to veto a bill by the Democrats which would renew three authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Republicans pulled behind the presidents calls to vote against the Bill going as far as threatening to veto the bill should it pass.
The Republicans, who in March were behind FISA, are now opposing the Democrats after President Trump urged them to vote against the new measures proposed.
“If the FISA Bill is passed tonight on the House floor, I will quickly VETO it,” President Donald Trump went on to a tweet, adding
“Our Country has just suffered through the greatest political crime in its history. The massive abuse of FISA was a big part of it!”
What is surprising is that a similar measure was passed by the House earlier in March with 126 Republicans on board.
The only changes made to the measures were the additional legal protections and review on the FISA court process made by Democratic Senator Pat Leahy and GOP Senator Mike Lee.
As a result of the lacking numbers of support, the House Democrats decided to adjourn on Wednesday evening and reconvene on Thursday morning at 9am (ET).
The Department of Justice has also backed up the president urging him to Veto the Bill should it pass as they believe it threatens national security measures.
Trump’s disdain for the bill comes after it was used to follow his former adviser Carter Page during investigations into his alleged scandal with Russia. There is strong believe that FISA threatens to impose on civil liberties, a point that had many Democrats voting against it in the first place.